Karl Lagerfeld had been at the creative helm of Chanel since 1983 and had been designing for Fendi since 1965. He also designed collections for his own brand.
Lagerfeld was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in pre-war Germany. He changed his name because he believed Lagerfeld sounded “more commercial”.
Rest in peace, Karl. Love forever from your TeamKarl family. pic.twitter.com/8uSidZUhJm
— KARL LAGERFELD (@KarlLagerfeld) February 19, 2019
The designer emigrated to Paris as a teenager, and became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain.